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Review: iPad Air

by G Servo on 01/02/2014

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When you think about digital devices like tablets you have to think about how they have affected us. iPads have integrated themselves into our lives–especially the lives of photographers. We use them to show our portfolios, have contracts signed, check email, manage things and even read magazines. They are great tools to have. Earlier on this year, Apple released the iPad Air–the latest evolution in the lineup. And though it’s got quite some charm, do you really need it?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax K3 first impressions product photos (2 of 8)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 3.2

We recently published our Pentax K3 review, but did not do a thorough weather sealing test. In all honesty, that was our fault. When I was packing the camera back up to be shipped back to Pentax, I didn’t realize that they sent us a weather sealed lens along with it. And as a result, we’re working on updating our review of the camera.

So, just how much weather sealing does the Pentax K3 have?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r first samples (1 of 1)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 2.0

We’re in Nashville, TN with Sony testing out some of their latest gear in a totally different environment from what we’re used to. Today, we managed to take the new Sony A7r and 55mm f1.8 out for a walk around the city. Here are some quick samples. They are JPEGs shot in the camera and converted for the web in Lightroom.

Check them out after the jump. The EXIF info is in the image filename.

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Sigma 800 20131009Gservo-0066

A lot of refined glass and a lot of engineering were put into the creation of this lens. The Sigma 800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF-D is big–really big. This lens is the third telephoto prime lens from Sigma I’ve reviewed, and it’s certainly the longest one. After working with Sigma’s 300mm and 500mm, this lens had me really curious. I sat there thinking, “Do I need it?” It is not a complicated lens. However, it is a tank cannon.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM1 Product Photos (2 of 8)ISO 2001-40 sec at f - 2.8

We’re just about wrapped up on our Olympus OMD EM1 review, and to fully test what the camera is capable of, we decided to run it under water. I mean, let’s think about it: why would a company make marketing claims and not hold themselves to it? With all the weather-sealing that Olympus touts is in the camera, we mounted the 12-40mm f2.8 (reviewed here) to the camera and gave it a little bath. Just as an FYI, the lens is also weather sealed. But we’re not sure the camera would survive unless there was a weather sealed lens on it.

Did it survive? Check out the video after the jump. Stay tuned for our full review coming in a couple of days.

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It has been a long, uncanny road with this lens. I have had it since 2009. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G was the first lens I purchased beyond the kit lens that came with my Nikon D90, my first DSLR. When I researched the D90, the Nikon 35mm 1.8 G kept popping up as a must have. It was first announced around March 2009–which is when I started studying photography. At its price point, it fit into my budget, and it was a fantastic purchase. If I could do it all over again, I would have purchased my Nikon D90, body only, and the 35mm 1.8G lens. Over the years, it has served me well. I still use this lens when producing reviews. I also use it when I just want to go on a photo walk with a lite kit.

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